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Breast Cancer Survivors Face Diabetes Risk

Monday, 31 Dec 2012 09:55 AM


Women who survive breast cancer are significantly more likely to develop diabetes, according to a major new study that provides fresh evidence that a common mechanism may be behind both diseases.
The study — published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes — showed breast cancer survivors are 21 percent more likely to develop diabetes within a decade than those who’ve never had the disease. The diabetes risks were even higher for women who received chemotherapy.
"There is … evidence of an association between diabetes and cancer, which may be due to risk factors common to both conditions," said lead researcher Lorraine Lipscombe, M.D., of the Women's College Hospital, Women's College Research Institute in Toronto. "One such risk factor is insulin resistance, which predisposes to both diabetes and many types of cancer — initially insulin resistance is associated with high insulin levels and there is evidence that high circulating insulin may increase the risk of cancer. “
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Dr. Lipscombe added: "These findings support a need for closer monitoring of diabetes among breast cancer survivors."
The study is the latest to find an association between diabetes and cancer. As breast cancer survival rates continue to improve, Dr. Lipscombe said it’s important to understand the long-term health consequences for survivors as they age.
For the new study, researchers compared the diabetes rates of nearly 25,000 breast cancer patients — aged 55 years or older — treated from 1996 to 2008, with those of nearly 125,000 healthy women. The results showed about 1 in 10 of the women developed diabetes. But breast cancer survivors were 21 percent more likely to develop diabetes. That increased risk rose to 24 percent among women who underwent chemo — with risks particularly high shortly after treatment.
"It is possible that chemotherapy treatment may bring out diabetes earlier in susceptible women,” Dr. Lipscombe says. “Increased weight gain has been noted in the setting for adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer, which may be a factor in the increased risk of diabetes in women receiving treatment."




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